The SNP has accused MPs of making an "inexcusable decision" after they were denied a place on a parliamentary body examining human rights.

Westminster's third party forced a vote on the proposal to select four Tories and two Labour MPs, including former deputy leader Harriet Harman, to represent the Commons on the joint committee on Human Rights.

They will consider human rights in the UK along with six peers, a move which prompted the SNP's Pete Wishart to warn last week that there is "something fundamentally rotten with our democracy" if "unelected donors and cronies" have equal status with MPs.

The Government has previously argued an SNP MP would only be invited on to the body if there were seven MPs needed.

On Wednesday, the Commons voted 485 to 61 in favour of approving the four Tories and two Labour MPs suggested for the committee.

Joanna Cherry, the SNP's justice and home affairs spokeswoman, said the influence of Scots has been "diminished yet further" by the "outrageous" decision - less than a week after proposals seeking English Votes for English Laws were approved.

In a statement, the MP for Edinburgh South West said: "The inexcusable decision of the Westminster parties to deliberately block any Scottish representation on this key human rights committee demonstrates just how little respect the Tory and Labour establishment have for the people of Scotland, our interests and our democratic voice."